Singapore shows off new ARV and Leopard sights
The Singapore Army has rolled out a production prototype of the Next Generation - Armoured Recovery Vehicle (NG-ARV), as well as revealing a new Leopard 2SG sight.
The NG-ARV was developed by ST Kinetics, in parallel with the Next Generation - Armoured Fighting Vehicle that was unveiled in 2016. Both share the same chassis and the ARV requires three crewmen to operate: the commander, driver and mechanic.
Compared to smaller Bionix ARVs that are already in service, the NG-ARV is fully air-conditioned and has no fewer than nine cameras around the vehicle for closed-hatch operations. It also has other unspecified ‘significant improvements’.
The NG-ARV features a dozer blade and crane plus a winch capable of pulling 25,000kg. A wired joystick remote console enables the mechanic to operate the winch away from the vehicle.
The Singapore Army has also begun installing a new multifunction commander’s sight on its Leopard 2SG main battle tanks. The sight was developed by STELOP, which is partly owned by ST Electronics.
The STELOP sight replaces the PERI-R17 A2 sight found on most Leopard 2 tanks, which only gives the commander 2x and 8x magnification. According to a Leopard 2SG operator, the STELOP sight provides thermal imaging, laser rangefinder and improved optical sight with a wider field of view and greater accuracy.
Since acquiring second-hand Leopards from Germany in 2007, the Leopard 2SG continues to undergo numerous upgrades and improvements to its chassis and fighting systems to better integrate the platform into the Singapore Armed Forces and to suit it for tropical conditions.
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